We are frequently surprised at some of the books that are subject to challenge in libraries and schools, such as Huckleberry Finn or Harry Potter. Yet banned books are frequently a source of highly acclaimed films.
In connection with Banned Books Week, there’s a list circulating of 15 of “the most iconic, popular, and/or celebrated movies of all time — all of which are based on books that have been banned, formally challenged, or burned.” So what’s on the list?
- A Clockwork Orange (which was itself condemned by the Catholic Church and was withdrawn from general circulation in the U.K. despite earning four Oscar and three Golden Globe nominations)
- Brokeback Mountain (five Academy Award nominations and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture)
- Forrest Gump (won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and three Golden Globes, including Best Drama)
- Gone With the Wind (not only did the book win the Pulitzer Prize, the movie won the Best Picture Oscar)
- Harry Potter films (only the highest grossing film franchise of all time)
- Lord of the Rings films (combined for 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Oscars, including Best Picture for The Return of the King)
- Precious (six Oscar nominations, including winning the Oscar for Best Writing, and three Golden Globe nominations)
- Sophie’s Choice (earned Meryl Streep the Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe)
- The Color Purple (11 Oscar and five Golden Globe nominations)
- The Godfather (need I say anything?)
- The Shining (despite Jack Nicholson, the only one of director Stanley Kubrick’s last nine films to get no Academy Award or Golden Globe nominations)
- There Will Be Blood (eight Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations)
- To Kill A Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, Best Actor awards — ring a bell?)
- Twilight series (for those who think movies can’t lead kids to books)
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (okay, Gene Wilder’s Willy is awfully
A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.